The base is named after Lieutenant Seymour Johnson who was a naval aviator, a Goldsboro resident and a hero. The base was deactivated in the 1940’s, but was reactivated again in the 1950’s and has operated since then. The base has a long time affiliation with the 4th Fighter Wing.
The 4th Fighter Wing is the main unit on the base and their mission is carried out by using F-15 Strike Eagle aircraft. The 4th Fighter Wing is both a training unit and is capable of deployment. The Seymour Johnson 916th Air Refueling Wing is home to ten KC-135 aircraft.
The city of Goldsboro has a total population of just over 37,500 residents. About 4,600 active duty people live and work on the base, with almost 6,000 family members living there. In addition, there are an estimated 1,000 civilian employees. Unemployment is low, at about 8.5 percent. Employment opportunities can vary from manufacturing to retail to service industries.
There are at least a dozen parks in the Goldsboro area, with programs for youth in soccer, football, basketball and tennis. There are also programs for adults in tennis, softball, Zumba, Bingo and line dancing. Raleigh is an hour away and is home to the Carolina Hurricanes NHL team and the North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball team.
There are no schools on the base itself. Children from the base attend schools run by the Wayne County Public School System. There are 14 elementary schools serving children from the community, along with 8 middle schools and 8 public high schools. There is also one school serving the needs of children with developmental and other special needs and one alternative school near Goldsboro.
Children from the base who are living in base housing attend the Meadow Lane Elementary School. The school has a population today of about 675 students. Students in Middle School who live on base attend Greenwood Middle School, and the high school serving the base students is Eastern Wayne High for grades 9-12.
Most medical care for Seymour Johnson AFB residents is supplied by providers chosen from a local network of providers. There is also a small medical clinic called Koritz Clinic which offers residents some limited specialty care and primary care. Obstetrics services are normally offered by network providers.
There are 529 units of base housing available with a waiting list. Those moving to Goldsboro can find temporary lodging in over 160 rooms at Southern Pines Inn during the wait. Off base housing is generally available within 30 miles of the base. There are specially trained, helpful housing specialists who can help new residents to find good, affordable off base housing.
Seymour Johnson offers a small town community feel to its residents. There is a large commissary on the base along with a shoppette, a base exchange and a small mall. There are also on-base centers specializing in arts and crafts, a base theater, bowling, tennis, swimming, golf and other interesting recreational opportunities.